Recurrent spinal cord glioblastoma: salvage therapy with bevacizumab.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of neuro-oncology, Volume 102, Issue 3, p.427-32 (2011)


2011, Adult, Angiogenesis Inhibitors, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Clinical Research Division, Female, Glioblastoma, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Recurrence, Local, Retrospective Studies, Salvage Therapy, Spinal Cord Neoplasms, Treatment Outcome, Young Adult


Primary spinal cord tumors constitute 2-4% of all primary central nervous system malignancies in adults of which less than 5% are glioblastoma. A retrospective evaluation to determine toxicity and response to bevacizumab in patients with recurrent spinal cord glioblastoma. Six patients (4 males; 2 females: median age 34 years) with recurrent spinal cord glioblastoma were treated with bevacizumab (10 mg/kg given once every 2 weeks wherein 2 treatments constituted a cycle of therapy). All patients had failed surgery and temozolomide-based chemoradiotherapy and post-radiotherapy temozolomide. Blood counts, chemistry panel, urine protein to creatinine ratio and neurologic examination were obtained bi-weekly. Contrast-enhanced spine MRI was performed after one cycle of therapy and thereafter following every two cycles of bevacizumab. Treatment-related complications included fatigue in six patients, constipation in 4, hypertension in 2, venous thrombosis in 2, and infection without neutropenia in 2. There were three grade 3 toxicities (1 each fatigue, leukopenia and venous thrombosis). There were no treatment-related deaths. After one cycle of bevacizumab, one patient (17%) demonstrated progressive disease, 2 (34%) partial responses and three (51%) stable disease. Overall median response or stable disease duration (disease free progression) was 7 months (range 3-11 months). Overall median survival was 9 months (range of 5-13 months). Bevacizumab is well tolerated, has tolerable toxicity and apparent activity in this small cohort of adults with recurrent spinal cord glioblastoma.